Steve Jobs would have turned 63 today. Over a lifetime filled with highs and lows that inspired countless tech entrepreneurs to come, Steve managed to carve out a legacy that assures he is considered one of the world’s greatest innovators even today, more than six years after his unfortunate demise.
However, it was never smooth sailing. A college dropout, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak set up Apple in 1976, and despite great success with the Apple II in 1977 and the Macintosh in 1984, in 1985, Steve was ousted from the company he co-founded. He set up a new venture (NeXT) whose success helped him rejoin Apple in 1997 as CEO. He was also instrumental in setting up the graphics division of George Lucas’s Lucasfilm in 1986; the company would eventually grow into Pixar, the studio behind the first fully computer-animated film Toy Story. Steve was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour in 2003 and died of respiratory arrest related to the tumour in 2011.
As the force behind some of the world’s biggest and most prominent companies in tech, we look at some of his words and life beliefs that have continued to inspire generations after him, even when he is gone:
“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
“I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”
“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
“I'm convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
“Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”
“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”
“If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.”
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”
What’s your favourite Steve Jobs quote that has inspired you in life? Let us know in the comments!